Minolta AF 50mm F3.5 Macro A-mount lens review by pureaxis

reviewer#10054 date: Mar-23-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Carl Zeiss 16-80
Minolta 28-105 RS
Minolta 35 F2 RS
price paid:140 USD (Mint)
positive:-Deep colors
-Sharp stopped down
-Well built, light
-Good working focusing distance
negative:-Need to be stopped down to be sharp
-Some CA wide open
comment:This is my first macro so I don't have another to compare it to. Comparing it against my 35 F2 is probably not fair as the 35 is stunningly sharp. However the macro outperformed my CZ1680 at 50mm, which is pretty impressive. What I really like is the rich colors, which is more saturated than my other lenses. Also I wouldn't consider this lens that rare as I seen far more examples than lets say the F2 series.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 61
  • sharpness: 4.93
  • color: 4.97
  • build: 4.62
  • distortion: 4.95
  • flare control: 4.70
  • overall: 4.84
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